The concept of a bridal party is something that is broadly interpreted these days, if you and your fiancé each have ten best friends, the maybe a big wedding party is in order. 

But the tendency toward smaller wedding parties, with are easier to manage and more intimate, is growing.  A bridal party might consist of one or two people and may event include men (on the groom’s side, there may be grooms’ maids, too). The idea that you need to have the same number of bridesmaids as there are groomsmen is also not always realistic.

Some bridesmaid would rather have the bride select their dress and not have to deal with it all, especially if the bride has incredible teste.  If you are flexible, you may want to have a conversation with your maid before starting the process to solicit their input.

When it comes to dressing your bridesmaids, there are two options.

1. Identical Dresses:

Same silhouette and color/pattern, it is the easiest route and looks clean and usually more formal.  Let each maid personalize the look by choosing her own shoes or jewelry to add subtle dimension.

2. Different Dresses:

Varied silhouettes and colors/patterns, it is more visually interesting and better accommodates different body types, skin coloring and possibly budgets.

The color depends on the setting and the time of the year, for example, dark tones are for fall/winter wedding or pastel for springtime wedding – soft, neutral color (grays, beige) will work year-round.

Beyond matching bridesmaid’s dress this method requires a bit of strategizing to look cohesive, the feeling of a dress is the most important thing- you don’t want a stiff modern dress next to ruffled romantic gown, even if they are the same color.

Sea glass colors

For a tropical wedding, light blues and greens are more neutral colors and less expected than the usual pink or champagne.

Mix it up

Each bridesmaid in the wedding party wore something different yet relaxed in spirit.

Investment Pieces

This bride opted for timeless dresses and separates in gray and white made from sustainable fabrics.